This Month at Open Door Theatre:
The Jazz Concert Series: June 1, 8, 15
Anti-Gravity Experiment: Beach Blanket Improv: June 14
Doug Macdonald: June 22
**Special Announcement: AT&T resolved the phone issue, so the Box Office at Open Door Theatre is up and running to get you those last few tickets for our Jazz Concert Series.
Open Door Repertory Company
with media sponsors
WDCB & Chicago Jazz Magazine
The Jazz Concert Series
Curated by Linda Solotaire
Curated in collaboration with jazz artist Linda Solotaire, the Open Door Repertory Company is thrilled to present the first part of our ongoing Jazz Concert Series: Rhythm, Rhyme & the Refrain. This Spring, we open the pages of the Great American Songbook to enjoy the words and music of some of America’s most celebrated composers and lyricists. “The Great American Songbook” is a hypothetical construct that seeks to represent the best American songs of the 20th century principally from Broadway and other musical theatre, and Hollywood musical films especially from the1920s-60’s, including dozens of songs of enduring popularity. The Great American Songbook became (and remains) a vital part of the repertoire of jazz musicians.
Come rain, or come shine, on Saturday, June 8 at 8pm audiences can enjoy an evening with vocalist/composer/
trumpeter Jeannie Tanner, as she and her quartet perform the songs of another award winning American composer, Harold Arlen. Ms. Tanner’s Visions from Over the Rainbow features The Jeannie Tanner Quartet; Jeannie Tanner (vocals/trumpet) with Lisa McQueen on piano, bassist Cory Biggerstaff and Darren Scorza on drums.
The Spring Season will close as Dee Alexander revisits The Rhythm & Rhyme Makers on Saturday, June 15 at 8pm. Bringing it all together, lauded Chicago jazz vocalist Dee Alexander is joined by vocalist Ben Farnandis, share with us great duets from each of our Jazz Concert Series’ American composers and lyricists.
Stay tuned, in November the Jazz Concert Series will return, exploring the intricate syncopations and rhythms that emerge in jazz from the African and Latin diasporas.
Beach Blanket Improv
Friday, June 14 at 8:00pm
Oak Park’s resident improv group comes back to our stage in the midst of the jazz series. They are joined by Jim Parks, who will play Americana/Blues/Roots music before the comedy starts. Sunglasses, bikinis, Speedos, tanning butter, Hawaiin shirts and flip-flops are optional. Tickets are $10.